Bad Credit Loans: What to Look for in a Lender

December 5, 2016 | Category: ,

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When you’ve got great credit and go for a loan, obtaining approval is usually pretty easy. Since your credit is what represents your level of risk to lenders, when you have great credit behaviour, you represent a low risk. However, if you’re sitting with less than stellar credit, you represent far greater risk to a lender, thus making obtaining a bad credit loan for more difficult.

If you find yourself in the latter group, struggling to find funding thanks to bruised credit, proceed with caution. You have to be careful because some lenders take advantage of people with poor credit through sky high fees and unreasonable payment terms. Payday loan lenders are one such example – not only do they charge you exorbitant fees for a really short term, they don’t report to your credit report so any positive behaviour doesn’t even register.

Remember, not all lenders are created equal, and while many out there will use your bad credit to their advantage, others recognize the difficulties that come with bad credit and are actually interested in helping you out. Additionally, while some lenders will offer financing to those with credit that could be better, they have a limit and won’t extend financing to undischarged bankrupts or those in a consumer proposal.

What to look for in a lender:

  • Find a lender that has been in business for a long time. This means that they are reputable and have experience.
  • Look for a lender that offers term loans that allow affordable repayment over time. Too short and you’ll be facing payments that are unmanageable.
  • Find one with an established online presence on social media – including followers. Check out those presences and what others are saying about the business.
  • Make sure the lender has an office you can go to if you have questions. If you are forced to conduct all dealings over the phone or online, be wary.
  • If you run into a problem, the lender should provide an avenue to defer a payment so that you don’t destroy your credit.
  • Make sure the lender offers reasonable rates. Just because you have bad credit, doesn’t mean you don’t have options.
  • Also make sure that the loan reports to the credit reporting agencies. One of the most important things you can do when your credit is bad is work on rebuilding it. If, as with payday loans, something does not report to your credit, it will not help you rebuild.

At Prudent Financial, we know that bad credit loans are not necessarily easy to come by – that’s why we offer low rates to even the most bruised credit.

We can help. Get in touch today by calling 1-888-852-7647.


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